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Washington Senate: Murray (D) Inches Into The Lead Over Rossi (R)

Democratic incumbent Patty Murray is barely ahead of Republican challenger Dino Rossi now as the lead seesaws again in Washington’s neck-and-neck U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Washington shows Murray with 49% of the vote to Rossi’s 46%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see question wording, click here.)

Less than two weeks ago, the numbers were reversed with Rossi holding a minimal 49% to 46% lead, highlighting how close this race has been for months. The race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

The survey was taken last night, the same night the candidates held their second and last debate.

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 The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Washington was conducted on October 17, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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